Indonesian Coral Reefs: Stunning Photos


Coral reef in Raja Ampat

Britain’s Guardian Newspaper has recently run a few articles on Indonesia’s wonderful endowment of spectacular coral reefs.  In another sad example of the ‘tragedy of the commons’, Indonesia’s marine heritage has been much abused through pollution and chemically assisted fishing.

The Indonesian Navy is not going to stop this process.  It seems the only way of reversing this trend is to make preserving the reefs into a better economic proposition than destroying them.

Here’s a link to the pretty pictures:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/gallery/2009/may/13/marine-life-coral?picture=347327418

And here’s a link to a story about how tourism development in one region of West Papua, combined with recognition of traditional stewardship is helping to preserve the coral:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/travel/2010/mar/27/indonesia-eco-resorts-coral-islands

It sounds like quite a long way to reach Raja Ampat, two nights if the connecting flights aren’t delayed.  Prices are rather steep when you get there, too.  Although I imagine they’re going for the luxury end of the market.  I’d say you’d be able to find budget accommodation within reach of the reefs, though you would need to be a bit adventurous.

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